What's on in Kent in August?
PUBLISHED: 10:12 30 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:53 13 August 2019
Our selection of top events and diary dates for this month in Kent
- Treasure Island (18 Aug)
When young Jim Hawkins stumbles across a treasure map, he finds himself on an epic adventure in the hope of locating Treasure Island. But not everyone is to be trusted, and a dark secret is lurking on board the ship. Don't forget to bring your own blankets or low-backed seating.
Tickets: £11 to £46. Belmont House, Faversham
- The Tempest (27 Aug)
In its 28th open-air touring season, the theatre group Illyria returns to the world of Shakespearean comedy. Believed to be the last that Shakespeare wrote single-handedly, it is lyrical, thought-provoking and still has the capacity to surprise.
Tickets: £10 to £40. Tonbridge Castle
Out and about
- Cathedral Golf (1 Aug to 1 Sep)
Kent's most unusual adventure golf course appears this summer. The medieval nave in Rochester Cathedral will be filled with a bridge-themed adventure golf course made up of nine holes, each accompanied by a model of a different type of bridge, including the original Roman crossing at Rochester.
Tickets: rochestercathedral.org. Rochester Cathedral, Rochester
- Hever Festival (throughout Aug)
The 2019 Hever Festival continues with performances including Immersion Theatre's Alice in Wonderland (1 Aug), The Barber of Seville (2 Aug), The Wimpy Kid Show (7 Aug) and The Jive Aces (18 Aug).
Tickets: heverfestival.co.uk. 01732 866114. Hever Castle, Edenbridge
- Ales on Rails (2 and 3 Aug)
Hop on board and enjoy a pint or two from local breweries while travelling through the High Weald. Class 42 Warship D821 Greyhound is making its first visit away trip to another heritage railway from the Severn Valley Railway in more than five years.
Tickets: £10. 01892 300141. Spa Valley Railway, Tun Wells
- Archives tour (9 and 19 Aug)
Enjoy afternoon tea in the restaurant overlooking the beautiful courtyard garden, then take a behind-the-scenes tour of the cathedral archives and library to learn about the cathedral's rich collections of printed books, archives and manuscripts and see some important examples.
Tickets: £24.95. 01227 865350. Canterbury Cathedral
- Summer jousting (10-11, 17-18, 23-26 Aug)
The Knights of Royal England will entertain the crowds with some exhilarating displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena. Join Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and the knights in a procession to the Jousting Arena. There, combatants will battle it out in the saddle and on foot to become the season's ultimate champion.
Tickets: free to £46.85. 01732 865224. Hever Castle, Edenbridge
- Battle for Good (24, 25 and 26 Aug)
Four of the most skilful knights in the Kingdom, mounted on their magnificent steeds, are set to wage bloody battle. A marvellous display of chivalry will determine the victor of what will be an epic tournament.
Tickets: £14.60 to £63.40. 0370 333 1181. Dover Castle, Dover
- Bushcraft days (25 and 26 August)
Settled beneath a yurt on the Woodland Trail, learn valuable bushcraft skills from the experts at Camp Wilderness, including how to whittle and build equipment and which knots are best for a variety of purposes. Runs continuously over both days
Tickets: included in cost of entry. 01892 870307. Penshurst Place & Gardens
- Plant Hunters (24, 25 and 26 Aug)
Experience an authentic plant hunter's expedition camp, complete with plant presses, roaring fire, porters and canvas tents. Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) will have some special animals and reptile guests joining the garden tour.
Tickets: £10 (adult); child (free). 01322 862114. Lullingstone Castle
- Napoleon Weekend (31 Aug to 1 Sep)
The Napoleonic Association of Great Britain recreates the lives of soldiers, including some on horseback, during the Napoleonic Wars. Watch battle re-enactments with cannon fire and talk to the actors as you walk through the living history encampments.
Tickets: £7.50 (adult); £1 (child). 01580 241344. Hole Park, Rolvenden
- Weald of Kent Craft Show (30 Aug to 1 Sep)
The place to go for creative crafts and unique goods, demonstrations and workshops, live music, large marquees packed with stalls offering a plethora of shopping goodies and a host of food vendors.
www.thecraftshows.co.uk/kent. 01892 870307. Penshurst Place & Gardens
Music and festivals
- Concert Band (18 Aug)
Come and listen to some live music on Tonbridge Castle's lawn. Enjoy the summer sun, and soak up some good tunes in the beautiful castle surroundings.
Tickets: Free. www.tonbridgecastle.org/events-and-activities. Tonbridge Castle
- Brogdale Cider Festival (24 to 25 Aug)
With up to 60 of the best local ciders in the Cider Barn and festival field, plus music to groove along to, you can really let your hair down in the beautiful surroundings of Brogdale Farm.
Tickets: £5 to £23. 01795 536250. Brogdale Collections
- Sandwich Festival (23, 24, 25, 26 Aug)
The popular annual festival is managed by a small group of volunteers who put together a big programme. Friday evening hosts a ticketed concert in St Mary's, then free events over the weekend include a market on the Guildhall Forecourt, a craft fair in St Peter's Church, a medieval encampment on the Quay Green, an Italian market in Market Street with classic Italian cars and motorbikes, plus jazz in The Kings Arms Garden. The highlight on Sunday is a new event on the Guildhall Forecourt - a festival within a festival organised by the Martha Trust with music, stalls, entertainment - all to raise funds for Martha's Trust. The evening picnic concert with three live bands will be on the Quay Green in the early evening on Sunday followed by the illuminated boat parade. There will also be street entertainment and live music. Other events on the same weekend include the Futures for Dogs annual show and the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust open day. Free parking on Cow Lees Meadow.
Tickets: Free and various. sandwichevents.org.uk/sandwich-festival. Sandwich
- Cabaret (28 to 31 Aug)
Starring John Partridge, Kara Lily Hayworth and Anita Harris, expect show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs such as Money Makes The World Go Round, Maybe This Time and Cabaret.
Tickets: From £29. 020 3285 6000. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
- Axel Jansson (30 Aug)
Singer-songwriter Axel Jansson and his band are giving a one-off performance to kick off the Hop Festival and help raise funds for local charities The Faversham Creek Trust, Faversham Community Christmas Lights and Holding On Letting Go.
Tickets: £6. The Alexander Centre, Faversham